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Saturday, October 8
 

10:00am PDT

Characters I Have Met On the Road
Grab a free pastry and listen to this kick-off event for the day. Featuring Lisa Alpine, Don George, Dick Jordan, Diane LeBow, and April Orcutt, with stories that focus on the unique people they have met on the road. Forget about museums and boat tours. This is about living experience. Coffee and nibbles from Johnny Doughnuts and Ponsford’s Place.

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Inga Aksamit

Inga Aksamit

Inga Aksamit writes about adventure and exploration for the regular tourist.  Publications include “Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail” as well as stories in Travel Stories from Around the Globe, Coast and Kayak Magazine, International Travel News, and others.

Participants
avatar for Lisa Alpine

Lisa Alpine

Lisa Alpine is the author of Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman—Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Travel Book of the Year Award Gold Winner and 1st place memoir, North American Book Awards. Alpine has also received the Silver Solas medal Best Travel Story of the Year for... Read More →
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Don George

Former travel ed of SF Chronicle and Lonely Planets books.
avatar for Dick Jordan

Dick Jordan

Dick Jordan is a freelance travel writer who publishes Tales Told From The Road: The Eclectic Online Travel Magazine For Independent Thinkers & Travelers.  Dick produces for TV, including his feature-length documentary film, Cuba, Libre? Dick is a founding member of the Professional... Read More →
avatar for Diane LeBow

Diane LeBow

Diane LeBow, Ph.D.— travel writer and photojournalist; multiple-year winner of Travelers’ Tales’ Best Women’s Travel Writing, covering adventures from Afghanistan, the Middle East, Mongolia, Iran, France, to California cities.
avatar for April Orcutt

April Orcutt

April Orcutt writes for National Geographic Traveler, TravelandLeisure.com, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Alaska Air, AAA magazines and more. April has received several prestigious travel-writing awards, including a Lowell Thomas Gold Award.


Saturday October 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Rebound Bookstore 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

11:15am PDT

Dragon Mist: Children Fantasy Writers

Launch of the fantasy novel Dragon Mist, the first in a trilogy written and illustrated by members of INK, Book Passage’s dynamic book club for 10 to 13-year-olds. This group of dedicated young writers will read from their chapters and sign books. 

 


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Amanda Conran

Amanda Conran

Amanda Conran is a freelance editor and children’s book specialist at Book Passage, Corte Madera. Her first middle-grade novel, The Lost Celt, was published by Gosling Press in March 2016.

Saturday October 8, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm PDT
Locks and Lollipops 1563 4th Street

11:15am PDT

Exploring the Universe: Storytellers' Potpourri

Award-winning, internationally known storytellers Nancy Binzen and Tim Ernetta take us on journeys of fantasy and adventure. Perfect for kids! Pull up a chair or a corner of the carpet and hear stories by tellers who have read at festivals around the world.


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Nancy Binzen

Nancy tells traditional folk and fairy tales, especially those from northern Europe and the Celtic lands.

Participants
avatar for Tim Ereneta

Tim Ereneta

Storyteller Tim Ereneta connects ancient stories to modern-day life, sharing classic and forgotten fairy tales with audiences of all ages. Tim has told stories in place as far away as Washington, DC, and  Chennai, India. Tim is a featured teller at the Bay Area Storytelling Festival... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm PDT
Friends Books 1016 C St., San Rafael, CA

11:15am PDT

Science Fiction: We Are From Earth

Two hot writers with a broad range of works read stories that reach for the borders of the genre. With Joel Eis (Host, Madeleine Robins (The Stoe War, etc. )  and Daniel Marcus


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Joel Eis

Joel Eis

Joel D. Eis has written plays, poetry, short stories, articles, and essays. He has three books published. His current Greek theatre book received the Adele Mellen prize for outstanding scholarly contribution in 2015. His published fantasy fiction includes “Crossings,’’ and... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Daniel Marcus

Daniel Marcus

Daniel Marcus has published stories in Witness, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, ZYZZYVA, and Fantasy and Science Fiction. Daniel is the author of the novels: Burn Rate and A Crack In Everything.He has taught in the creative writing program at U.C. Berkeley Extension... Read More →
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Madeleine Robins

Madeleine Robins author of The Stone War, (Tor Books, 1999) is interested in history, swordplay, and the future of mankind. Born in N Y C, She has been a nanny, teacher, actor and stage-combatant, comic book editor, baker, editorial consultant, and writer. She holds a degree in... Read More →




Saturday October 8, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm PDT
Blue Moon Comics 1560 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

12:30pm PDT

Library Lawn Picnic
Co-presented by the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library

Enjoy new works by teens from Next Generation Scholars and the 10,000 Degrees Program in an open-air picnic. BYO-lunch.

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora, came from El Salvador to the US at the age of 9 and grew up in San Rafael. He is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford with an MFA from NYU and a new book coming out from Copper Canyon Press in 2016.

Saturday October 8, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
San Rafael Public Library 1100 E St, San Rafael, CA 94901

12:30pm PDT

New Work and Picnic

Co-presented by Friends of the San Rafael Public Library

Young writers from two local academic advancement programs, Next Generation Scholars and the 10,000 Degrees program, present new work at this bring-your-own picnic lunch, under the spreading tree on the library lawn.

 


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora, came from El Salvador to the US at the age of 9 and grew up in San Rafael. He is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford with an MFA from NYU and a new book coming out from Copper Canyon Press in 2016.

Saturday October 8, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
San Rafael Public Library 1100 E St, San Rafael, CA 94901

12:30pm PDT

Open Mic: A Feast and Words

Lunchtime open mike, where local poets to sign up and read from their work. 


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Roy Mash

Roy Mash

Roy Mash is a long-time board member of Marin Poetry Center. His first full-length chapbook, Buyer’s Remorse, debuted 2014. Roy lectures on poetry form and poetry's sense of meaning in venues all around the North Bay.

Saturday October 8, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Lotus Chaat and Spices 1559 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

12:30pm PDT

Pints and Prose

Well-lubricated writers from Peri’s Bar in Fairfax hold forth at this lunchtime reading. With Chris Cole, Josh Gibson, Tanya Egan Gibson, Tom Joyce, and John Philipp.


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Cyn Cady

Cyn Cady

Cyndi Cady’s fiction has appeared in Potpourri, Dark Recesses Press, the West Marin Review, New Southerner Magazine. She writes for the West Marin Citizen and a humor blog for Hobbyfarms.com.
avatar for Amanda Conran

Amanda Conran

Amanda Conran is a freelance editor and children’s book specialist at Book Passage, Corte Madera. Her first middle-grade novel, The Lost Celt, was published by Gosling Press in March 2016.

Participants
avatar for Chris Cole

Chris Cole

Chris Cole is the author of the novel Such Great Heights and the writer behind the popular Disembodied Poetics. He is a founding board member of Quiet Lightening.
avatar for Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson is the author of How To Buy a Love of Reading (Dutton, 2009). She is a freelance editor and writes for magazines such as Writer’s Digest and The Writer.
avatar for Josh Gibson

Josh Gibson

Josh Gibson is a psychiatrist whose current fiction projects explore the edges and intersections of psychiatry and modern life.
avatar for Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce is an art director, writer and photographer whose non-fiction work has appeared in Blue, Gnosis, The Whitefish Review and the Travelers Tales series.
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John Philipp

John Philipp writes a monthly humor column for six local Marin newspapers. He has won awards for his fiction, humor, and memoir writing.


Saturday October 8, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Mayflower Pub 1533 4th Street

12:30pm PDT

Publishing for Grownups
This workshop with Book Passage's Bill Petrocelli offers a provocative critique of the New York publishing model and explores alternative models based on shared costs. Bill is an expert on publishing strategies. His advice is sought after world-wide. Get your questions answered and hear how it ought to be done. A rare free opprtunity to gain this knowlege for writers in all genres.

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Joel Eis

Joel Eis

Joel D. Eis has written plays, poetry, short stories, articles, and essays. He has three books published. His current Greek theatre book received the Adele Mellen prize for outstanding scholarly contribution in 2015. His published fantasy fiction includes “Crossings,’’ and... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Bill Petrocelli

Bill Petrocelli

Bill Petrocelli is author of the novel The Circle of Thirteen. He and his wife, Elaine, own Book Passage Bookstore, located in Marin and San Francisco. He is  a major power on the local publishing scene. Bill is a  long-time consultant on publishing and the book business, whose... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Gathering Thyme 1447 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

1:45pm PDT

Bay Area Sportswriting

Sportswriting at its best Joe Konte (The Rivalry Heard ‘Round the World, The Dodger-Giants Feud from Coast to Coast). Dan Fost ( "Giants Past and Present" and "Giants Baseball Experience)


Participants
avatar for Dan Fost

Dan Fost

Freelance writer
Dan Fost is the author of "Giants Past and Present" and "Giants BaseballExperience," (MVP Books,) edition in 2013) He wrote the articles for the San Francisco Chronicle: "Dynasty," about the 2014 Giants, and"Unstoppable," about the 2014-15 Golden State Warriors. He is a regular contributor... Read More →
avatar for Joe Konte

Joe Konte

Joe Konte is a longtime newspaper reporter and editor. He has been a copy editor, sports editor and city editor at the Marin Independent Journal. Konte went to his first Giants-Dodgers game in 1958. His awardwinning book, The Rivalry Heard 'Round the World, (2013) about the good-natured... Read More →



Saturday October 8, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
T&B Sports 1345 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

1:45pm PDT

Inside the Lost Generation: The Letters of Kay Boyle and Ernest Hemingway

A rare window into the Lost Generation of Paris in the 1920s, with Sandra Spanier, the world's acknowledged expert on the unpublished letters of both Ernest Hemingway and Kay Boyle. Co-hosted by actor Ian Swift, the son of Kay Boyle. 

 

 

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Joel Eis

Joel Eis

Joel D. Eis has written plays, poetry, short stories, articles, and essays. He has three books published. His current Greek theatre book received the Adele Mellen prize for outstanding scholarly contribution in 2015. His published fantasy fiction includes “Crossings,’’ and... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Sandra Spanier

Sandra Spanier

Sandra Spanier, professor of English at Penn State University, has edited Kay Boyle:  A Twentieth-Century Life in Letters (2015).  She is general editor of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, (Cambridge University Press, 2015.)
avatar for Ian Swift

Ian Swift

Ian Swift, Kay Boyle’s son, is a Bay Area actor, and West Coast Radio personality. As Kay Boyle’s son he will share a unique “up close and personal” view of the boulevards of Paris, and the tatters of post-war Germany.  Life with Kay Boyle and my five older sisters, was a... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
Art Works Downtown 1337 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

1:45pm PDT

Paths to Poetry: Workshop for Emerging Latino Poets
Co-presented by Marin Poetry Center

In this one-hour workshop, emerging young writers (especially Latino writers) get tips and advice from award-winning Salvadoran poet Javier Zamora, author of the forthcoming collection
 Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press).


Participants
avatar for Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora, came from El Salvador to the US at the age of 9 and grew up in San Rafael. He is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford with an MFA from NYU and a new book coming out from Copper Canyon Press in 2016.


Saturday October 8, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
The Folk Art Gallery 1321 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

1:45pm PDT

Poets Laureate of the North Bay

All four Laureates come together to share their work. With Prartho Sereno, Iris Dunkle, CB Follett, Joseph Zaccardi.

 


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Prartho Sereno

Prartho Sereno

Prartho Sereno, Working with California Poets in the Schools since 1999 & current Poet Laureate of Marin (2015-2017) is author of three prize-winning poetry collections: Elephant Raga, Call from Paris, and Causing a Stir: The Secret Lives & Loves of Kitchen Utensils.

Participants
avatar for Iris Dunkle

Iris Dunkle

Iris Jamahl Dunkle is the current Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA.  Her second poetry collection, There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air, tells the untold history of Sonoma County, CA, (2015, Word Tech Editions.) Her debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, won the 2012 Trio Aw... Read More →
avatar for CB Follett

CB Follett

CB Follett served  as Marin County’s second laureate during 2010-2013. She's been widely published and honored.
avatar for Joseph Zaccardi

Joseph Zaccardi

Joseph Zaccardi was Marin’s third poet laureate. His fourth book of poetry, A Wolf Stands Alone in Water, was published by CW Books in the fall of 2015.


Saturday October 8, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
Open Secret Bookstore 923 C Street

1:45pm PDT

What Happens Next: A Comic Drawing Workshop
DEFINITE KID-FRIENDLY EVENT!

A one-of-a kind hands-on kid-lit event (Begins at Blue Moon Comic, or go right to Youth in Arts).

#1:  Follow the path of colorful footprints From Blue Moon Comics, 1560 Fourth Street to 917 C Street.

#2:  See the original artwork used to make the C Street Walkable Comic!

#3:  Stay for the workshop with Cartoonist Cathy Bowman AND Learn basic drawing techniques!

#4. Make your own very last frame of the YIA Walkable Comic Book (available at YIA and at participating Litquake vendors) and finish the story yourself! 

Soooo Cool!


Participants
avatar for Cathy Bowman

Cathy Bowman

Cathy Bowman is an award-winning cartoonist and writer who draws for print and online publications. For several years she was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle; she now writes about the arts for the San Francisco Examiner.Cathy is an experienced teacher, artist and journalist... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
Youth in Arts 917 C Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

1:45pm PDT

Writing on the Edge: A Series of Left Coast Writers

Co-presented by Book Passage Corte Madera

Readings from the best of Left Coast Writers, with Todd Crawshaw, Laurie McAndish King, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Mary Jean "MJ" Pramik, and Jonathan Taylor.


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the author of award winning poetry, travel essays and fiction (Namako, The Hand of Buddha, and Dead Love) and Founder of Left Coast Writers®.

Participants
avatar for Todd Crawshaw

Todd Crawshaw

Todd Crawshaw is a Bay Area author, artist, and founder of San Francisco-based graphic design firm Crawshaw Design. His published works include heretofore, Exploits of the Satyr, and Light-Years in the Dark: Story Poems. Todd considers creative writing a visual art. “Like... Read More →
avatar for Laurie McAndish King

Laurie McAndish King

Laurie McAndish King is an award-winning essayist and photographer. She is published in Smithsonian magazine, Travelers’ Tales’, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and The Sun literary journal. Her travel memoir, Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! True Stories from a Curious Traveler... Read More →
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Mary Jean "MJ" Pramik

Mary Jean "MJ" Pramik is an author, novelist, poet, travel writer, and science reporter. She has contributed to numerous magazines and journals, anthologies and travel books including Good Housekeeping, Odyssey, and the National Enquirer She was a regular contributor to Genetic Engineering... Read More →
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Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor is working on a series of books under the title of The Goldberg Variations. This series follows its main character on a journey of self-discovery through error and mistakes then through forgiveness and redemption. The Goldberg Variations is his first works of fict... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
In Her Shoes 1344 4th Street

2:00pm PDT

Slam/Jam
Come to the City Plaza to hear a dozen local teen poets tear it up with their new works-out-loud. This freestyle Slam/Jam poetry show is hosted by an internationally known performance artist and poet from right here in San Rafael.

Special added feature! Newly discovered poets from the city's Streets Team will share their work for the very first time. Come on out and give it up for these new voices!

Slammers:

Annika Jackson  (Junior, Mt. Tam High)
Sydney Westley (Senior, Branson) 
Grace Lamont
Elise Wing (Junior, Mt. Tam High)
Jessie Gilles (Senior, Mt. Tam High)
Ali Janku (Junior, Redwood) 
Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes (Senior, Mt. Tam)
Stephanie Oh (Senior, Redwood)
Ben Gideon
Kendall Liston (Freshman, Santa Rosa JC)

 

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Brittany Ween  Newell

Brittany Ween Newell

While attending high school in Marin County, Brittany Ween Newell organized a teen poetry event, which she hosted in Rebound Bookstore. Her debut novel Oola will appear in 2017, published by The Borough Press (HarperCollinsUK), and Henry Holt (US and Canada). She is working... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Louise Yost

Louise Yost

Louise Yost is a local poet, musician, and social activist. She is a mainstay at local lit events as a host and reader.


Saturday October 8, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Courthouse Square 1000 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

3:00pm PDT

Borders of Reality: Stories on the Edge

A unique reading featuring world-class authors Yangsze Choo (The Ghost Bride) and Cecile Pineda (Frieze, Love Queen of the Amazon, Apology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World), known for works that explore the shadowy border between the real and the spiritual.


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Cecile Pineda

Cecile Pineda

Cecile Pineda has been a bay area poet, playwright director, author and raconteur since the 1970’s. Her novels include Apology to a Whale, Devil’s Tango, Face, Frieze, The Love Queen of the Amazon, and Fish Light. She is known worldwide (chiefly in Asia) amongdiscriminating writers... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo's novel The Ghost Bride, set in 1890s colonial Malaya and the Chinese world of the dead, was an Oprah.com Book of the Week, NY Times bestseller, Carnegie Medal nominee, Indie Next List Pick, and Barnes & Noble {"Discover Great New Writers" selection.


Saturday October 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Rilsey Street Arts Supply 1138 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

3:00pm PDT

The Final Frontier: New Pioneers in Science Fiction

Hear where sci-fi has traveled with this mash-up of Finnish author Hannu Rajaniemi (The Quantum Thief, The Causal Angel) and translator/editor Dorothy Gilbert (Marie de France: Poetry, A Recipe Book from Another Galaxy). A real journey into the fantastic!


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Joel Eis

Joel Eis

Joel D. Eis has written plays, poetry, short stories, articles, and essays. He has three books published. His current Greek theatre book received the Adele Mellen prize for outstanding scholarly contribution in 2015. His published fantasy fiction includes “Crossings,’’ and... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Dorothy Gilbert

Dorothy Gilbert

Dorothy Gilbert has served on the faculties of the Univ. of CA at Davis, Mills College, MerrittCollege, and the CSU, East Bay. Her publications include a verse translation of Chrétien de Troyes' Erec et Enide, the first known Arthurian romance, original poetry in the New Yorker... Read More →
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Hannu Rajaniemi,

Hannu Rajaniemi is a Finnish author of science fiction and fantasy, who writes in both English and Finnish. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. His novels, The Quantum Thief, The Fractal Prince, and The Causal Angel, are eagerly sought worldwide, and have broken new ground... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Gamescape North 1225 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

3:00pm PDT

They Walked On the Wild Side

This reading (for adults) features books by two film stars from the golden age of erotica, Howie Gordon and Serena Czarnecki. A unique reading in a unique setting. A must-hear!


Participants
avatar for Serena Czarnecki

Serena Czarnecki

Bright Lights, Lonely nights. The Memories of Serena, Porn Star of the ‘70’s Serena Czarnecki  "A true pioneer, artist, and star of her generation in the community of golden age erotic film performers. In her "Memory Book" Serena has crafted an odyssey of events, ruminations... Read More →
avatar for Howie Gordon

Howie Gordon

Hindsight, True Love and Mischief in the Golden Age of Porn HINDSIGHT is one man's remarkably revealing story about sex and relationships, on the silver screen and in his private life. Howie Gordon (screen name Richard Pacheco) was an award-winning actor during The Golden Age of... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Pleasures of the Heart 1310 4th St

3:00pm PDT

Who Is the Wickedest of Them All?
THIS IS A KID-FRIENDLY EVENT! Goosebottom Books authors Natasha Kim and Janie Havemeyer will debate—in costume—which of the two rulers discussed in these authors' works  is the more dastardly! With Natasha Yim (The Dragon Empress) and Janie Havemeyer (The Black Queen).  Definite fun! Kids get to vote on which one is the more evil!

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Amanda Conran

Amanda Conran

Amanda Conran is a freelance editor and children’s book specialist at Book Passage, Corte Madera. Her first middle-grade novel, The Lost Celt, was published by Gosling Press in March 2016.

Participants
avatar for Janet Havemeyer

Janet Havemeyer

Janie Havemeyer has worked as a museum educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, an elementary school teacher, and social studies curriculum designer and a literacy tutor. She writes narrative, nonfiction picture books for children.
avatar for Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim is the author of 4 picture books. Her upcoming picture book, The Rock Maiden will be released in March 2017 by Wisdom Tales Press. She has also written for the children’s magazines Highlights for Children, Appleseeds and Faces, and is a regular contributor to Mendocino... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Yet Wah Restaurant 1238 4th Street

3:30pm PDT

Caribbean Pan Drumming
Poet/musician Louise Yost brings her Caribbean drums to get your attention and introduce the Slam/Jam for teen writers, hosted by author and performance artist Brittany Ween Newell. 

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Brittany Ween  Newell

Brittany Ween Newell

While attending high school in Marin County, Brittany Ween Newell organized a teen poetry event, which she hosted in Rebound Bookstore. Her debut novel Oola will appear in 2017, published by The Borough Press (HarperCollinsUK), and Henry Holt (US and Canada). She is working... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Louise Yost

Louise Yost

Louise Yost is a local poet, musician, and social activist. She is a mainstay at local lit events as a host and reader.


Saturday October 8, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Courthouse Square 1000 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

4:30pm PDT

Golden Thread Productions presents: An excerpt reading and a conversation with artists from OUR ENEMIES: LIVELY SCENES OF LOVE AND COMBAT
Golden Thread Productions, founded in 1996, is the first American theatre company focused on the Middle East. We produce passionate and provocative plays from and about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities. We are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their career. We bring the Middle East to the American stage, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Yussef El Guindi's juicy denunciation of the mainstream media machine focuses on three Arab-American writers with very different answers to the simple question: "Who gets to tell our stories?" This reading of excerpts from the play will be followed by a conversation with Golden Thread founding artistic director Torange Yeghiazarian about representation of Middle Eastern artists and stories. The full production is coming up in San Francisco on October 28-November 20, 2016. More information on the production and the company: www.goldenthread.org.

Torange Yeghiazarian is the Founding Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East, where she launched such visionary programs as ReOrient Festival & Forum, Middle East America (in partnership with the Lark and Silkroad Rising), Islam 101 (with Hafiz Karmali), New Threads, and the Fairytale Players. Torange’s plays include ISFAHAN BLUES, 444 DAYS, THE FIFTH STRING: ZIRYAB’S PASSAGE TO CORDOBA, and CALL ME MEHDI. She is currently under commission by Philip Kan Gotanda to adapt his seminal play, THE WASH to an Armenian setting. Awards include the Gerbode-Hewlett Playwright Commission Award (ISFAHAN BLUES) and a commission by the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (THE FIFTH STRING). Her short play CALL ME MEHDI is published in the anthology “Salaam. Peace: An Anthology of Middle Eastern-American Drama,” TCG 2009. Torange adapted the poem, I SELL SOULS by Simin Behbehani to the stage, and directed the premieres of SCENIC ROUTES by Yussef El Guindi, THE MYTH OF CREATION by Sadegh Hedayat, TAMAM by Betty Shamieh, STUCK by Amir Al-Azraki and VOICE ROOM by Reza Soroor, amongst others. Her articles on contemporary theatre in Iran have been published in The Drama Review (2012), American Theatre Magazine (2010), and Theatre Bay Area Magazine (2010), and HowlRound. Torange has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures and Cambridge World Encyclopedia of Stage Actors. Born in Iran and of Armenian heritage, Torange holds a Master’s degree in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University.

Moderators/Hosts
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Torange Yeghiazarian (Director)

Ms.Reader’s theatre performed by Golden Thread Productions a West Coast premiere play by Yussef El Guindi, directed by Torange Yeghiazarian. Torange Yeghiazarian writes, directs and acts for the theatre. A native of Iran and of Armenian heritage, she holds a Master’s degree... Read More →

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Golden Thread Production Company

Golden Thread Productions (Theatre of the Middle East) presents new works by Middle Eastern writers, especially women. Their award-winniong productions in San Francsco draw rave reviews. They are an important voice for the truth, and a damned good theatre company. This will be a one-of-a-kind... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm PDT
Falafel Hut 1115 4th St

4:30pm PDT

Marin Poetry Center All-Stars

Co-presented by Marin Poetry Center. A stellar lineup of MPC star writers: Heather Altfeld, Troy Jollimore, Dean Rader, and Brynn Saito. 


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust's poetry books include Mom’s Canoe (Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize, 2008) Dark Card (Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize, 2009), All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving Book Prize, 2010), God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World, (Foreword... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Heather Altfield

Heather Altfield

Heather Altfeld’s first book,The Disappearing Theatre, won the Poets at Work Book Prize, selected by Stephen Dunn. Her poems appear in Narrative Magazine, Pleiades, ZYZZYVA, Poetry Northwest, and others. She won the 2015 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry with Nimrod International Magazine... Read More →
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Troy Jolimore

Troy Jollimore's first book of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, won the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award. His second book, At Lake Scugog, was published in the PrincetonContemporary Poets, 2011. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, theBeliever, and... Read More →
avatar for Dean Rader

Dean Rader

Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and visual culture.  His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, was a finalist for the Bob Bush Memorial Award for a First Book of Poems, and won the 201... Read More →
avatar for Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and, The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm PDT
Gamescape North 1225 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

4:30pm PDT

Way Out West: West Marin Review Showcase

From out of the fog of West Marin County, hear these readings from WMR heavyweights: Lilyana Bone, Roy Mash, Frances Lefkowitz, G. David Miller, Mark Ropers, and Larry Ruth.


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Lilyana Bone

Lilyana Bone,  co-publishes the West Marin Review. She oversees the design and printing of the book.

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Frances Lefkowitz

Frances Lefkowitz has written essays, articles, interviews, and book reviews in many consumer and trade publications. Her fiction, flash fiction, personal essays, and creative nonfiction appear in The Sun, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Frederick Barthelme’s New World Writing, Fiction... Read More →
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Roy Mash

Roy Mash is a long-time board member of Marin Poetry Center. His first full-length chapbook, Buyer’s Remorse, debuted 2014. Roy lectures on poetry form and poetry's sense of meaning in venues all around the North Bay.
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Denise Parsons

Denise Parsons is author of the novel After the Sour Lemon Moon (2014). Her work has appeared in the magazines Kindred and Taproot. She lives and works in San Francisco.
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Mark Ropers

Artist Mark Ropers is an Inverness water-colorist and a member of Point Reyes Open Studios. He presents thoughtful, mood-evoking paintings of landscapes, water created pleasures, and objects of interest.
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Larry Ruth

Larry Ruth works in environmental and natural resources policy, and thrives in the remnants of the wild.


Saturday October 8, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm PDT
Proof Lab SR 907 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

6:00pm PDT

Taste of Travel: Travel Writers

Bay Area writers present stories of travel and food. With Suzie Rodriguez, Jules Older, Judith Horstman, David Greitzer, Carol Canter, Inga Aksamit, and Jacqueline Harmon Butler.


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Inga Aksamit

Inga Aksamit writes about adventure and exploration for the regular tourist.  Publications include “Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail” as well as stories in Travel Stories from Around the Globe, Coast and Kayak Magazine, International Travel News, and others.

Participants
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Jacqueline Harmon Butler

Jacqueline Harmon Butler is an international award-winning writer. Her travel writing has tempted a worldwide audience with mouth-watering meals and left them salivating for more.  Her books include, The 7th Edition of the Travel Writer’s Handbook.
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Carol Canter

Carol Canter's award-winning travel articles have made the offbeat and exotic accessible to readers for decades, She writes on topics like Jazz Clubs in Tokyo, Barging in Burgundy, and Biking the Canadian Rockies.
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David Greitzer

David Greitzer, a former Navy Photojournalist, AP stringer and Sacramento Union photographer, now focuses on travel writing and photography. His work has appeared on the covers of the Boston Globe, London Times and in hundreds of other newspapers and magazines.
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Judith Horstman

Judith Horstman is the award-winning author of seven books. Her work has appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide. She lives in Oakland, CA and travels as often and widely as she can.  
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Jules Older

When not cautiously tasting strange dishes, Jules Older is a travel writer and children’s writer, consultant and broadcaster,  He’s a Co-winner of Visit California’s Eureka! Award for magazine feature writing.
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Suzie Rodriguez

A former magazine editor and newspaper reporter, Suzie Rodriguez is the award-winning author of three nonfiction books and more than 1,500 magazine and newspaper articles. She writes on subjects that include travel, outdoor adventure, food and wine.


Saturday October 8, 2016 6:00pm - 7:15pm PDT
Pizza Orgasmica 812 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

6:00pm PDT

Mystery Writers to Die For

Co-presented by Copperfield's BooksTwo New York Times bestselling mystery writers, Cara Black and Rhys Bowen, share their work as a capper to the day's events.


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Cara Black

Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 14 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation... Read More →

Participants
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Rhys Bowen

New York Times Bestselling Author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness novels.


Saturday October 8, 2016 6:00pm - 7:15pm PDT
Copperfield's Books 850 4th Street